When only two kids showed up for group class last week, we turned it into a ear training/stair climbing extravaganza.
As you watch this video, ask yourself:
- Are they smiling and laughing?
- How do they feel about learning with a friend?
- What do I do when need a little help or direction?
Opportunities for group learning occur whenever two students are in your studio at the same time. You can grab a moment in the overlap between two lessons. In as little as five minutes, you can teach something like this - a quick lesson in ear training. I know that not everyone is fortunate enough to have stairs in their studio, but there are loads of ways to improvise learning. Here are just a few:
- Animal erasers on the keys.
- White board - have one student play and the other draw what they're playing. It could be as simple as two notes - are they moving up or down?
- Make some stairs out of books and move stuffed animal up and down.
The real truth is that it doesn't matter exactly what you do. It matters what THEY do. Lessons shouldn't be time where a teacher lectures and a student sits, slightly confused and in a fog. They should be exciting, hilarious, wonderful times.
Everyone learns better when they're having fun. I know I do.